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Debian Buster-Based SparkyLinux 5 Development Version Adds Full Disk Encryption

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Shipping a few days after the release of SparkyLinux 4.7 "Tyche" stable operating system based on Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch," the SparkyLinux 5-dev20171120 development build includes up-to-date packages based on the repositories of the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system.

Apart from rebasing the operating system on the latest Debian Testing repos as of November 20, 2017, the new SparkyLinux 5 development images are the first to enable full disk encryption by default in the Calamares graphical installer, as you can see from the screenshots attached at the end of the article.

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Debian Developers

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  • Joey Hess: stupid long route

    Yesterday, I surpassed all that, and I did it in a way that hearkens right back to the original story. I had two computers, 20 feet apart, I wanted one to talk to the other, and the route between the two ended up traveling not around the Earth, but almost the distance to the Moon.

    I was rebuilding my home's access point, and ran into a annoying bug that prevented it from listening to wifi. I knew it was still connected over ethernet to the satellite receiver.

    I connected my laptop to the satellite receiver over wifi. But, I didn't know the IP address to reach the access point. Then I remembered I had set it up so incoming ssh to the satellite receiver was directed to the access point.

  • I am now a Debian Developer

    On the 6th of April 2017, I finally took the plunge and applied for Debian Developer status. On 1 August, during DebConf in Montréal, my application was approved. If you’re paying attention to the dates you might notice that that was nearly 4 months ago already. I was trying to write a story about how it came to be, but it ended up long. Really long (current draft is around 20 times longer than this entire post). So I decided I’d rather do a proper bio page one day and just do a super short version for now so that someone might end up actually reading it.

  • Freexian’s report about Debian Long Term Support, October 2017

    Like each month, here comes a report about the work of paid contributors to Debian LTS.

Raspberry Pi Digital Signage OS Updated to Debian Stretch, Chromium 62 Browser

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Raspberry Digital Signage 10.0 is the latest release of the operating system designed for deployment on digital signage infrastructures, backed by the tiny Raspberry Pi computer. It comes six months after the release of version 9.0 with a complete rebase on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system series.

Marco Buratto announces the release of Raspberry Digital Signage 10.0 today, saying that it's utilizing the latest and greatest Chromium 62 open-source web browser, which features improved HTML5 video playback capabilities, better Adobe Flash support, as well as overall H264/AVC video playback performance improvements.

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Slax Linux Distro Gets New Release After Two Years, Drops Slackware for Debian

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Slax 9.2.1 is now available for download as the latest stable release of the Linux distro, and it's the first to be based on Debian GNU/Linux. That's right, Slax no longer lives up to its name and drops Slackware for Debian. As its version number suggests, Slax 9.2.1 is based on Debian GNU/Linux 9.2.1 "Stretch."

"After several years of inactivity Slax project has been brought to life again in new version 9.2.1," said the developer in today's release announcement. "I've decided to go for Debian because it made my life much easier and I believe that it will make yours too."

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Debian/Ubuntu Derivatives: Elive 2.9.16, Deepin 15.5, Pop!_OS

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  • Elive 2.9.16 beta released

    The Elive Team is proud to announce the release of the beta version 2.9.16
    This new version includes:

    Performance is now almost twice as responsive and smoother, videos also plays faster
    Designs improved buttons, window borders, and faster effects
    Desktop automatic scaling, font selection and sizing based on your screen, organization of elements are more accessible too
    Installer has a lot of improvements, fixes, fine-tuning and options to choice for the installed system, included privative drivers like Nvidia / Ati

  • Deepin 15.5 Linux OS Promises New Security Features, Extra Desktop Functionality

    The developers of the Deepin Linux operating system announced today the availability of the first beta release of Deepin 15.5, the next maintenance update to the stable series.

    Continuing to provide the Linux community with one of the most beautiful, safe, reliable, and easy to use computer operating system, Deepin 15.5 entered beta today with a bunch of new security features, such as support for importing and exporting VPN (Virtual Private Network) profiles and an application proxy function.

    The application proxy function works by allowing the user to open a certain program that requires an Internet connection through the system-wide, default proxy server. All you have to do is to right-click on an app's shortcut and choose the new "Open by proxy" option from the context menu.

  • Pop!_OS Has Arrived: How Does It Compare to Ubuntu?

    System76 is one of the most well-known hardware companies in the free and open source software world. That’s not to say the brand is by any means a household name. Nonetheless, System76 has been selling computers that run Ubuntu for over a decade. That’s why the company made news when it announced that it would provide its own Linux-based operating system, Pop!_OS.

    In the past few weeks, the first official release of Pop!_OS became available for download. Now it’s shipping as an option on new computers from System76. Should you check it out?

Tails 3.3 is out

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This release fixes many security issues and users should upgrade as soon as possible.

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Debian-Based Elive Linux Gets New Beta with Better Support for Nvidia, AMD GPUs

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The upcoming major Elive 3.0 release is being developed for the past several months under the Elive 2.9.x umbrella, and the latest snapshot is now Elive 2.9.14 beta, which brings fixes to various of the preinstalled apps, as well as under-the-hood improvements.

These include better support for Nvidia and AMD Radeon GPUs, a fix for a crash with the Terminology terminal emulator that occurred when opening new tabs, new desktop scaling factor, as well as automatic selection and sizing of fonts based on your display's DPI and resolution.

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antiX MX 17 Enters Beta, Ships with Latest Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" Updates

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antiX MX is an open source GNU/Linux distro based on the Debian GNU/Linux operating system and built around the lightweight Xfce desktop environment. Its development schedule is different than that of the big brother antiX and includes additional software packaged by the MX community.

Development of antiX MX 17 is, of course, based on antiX 17 "Heather Heyer," which was released two weeks ago, on October 24, 2017, and the first beta milestone is now available for public testing, incorporating all the latest upstream updates from the software repositories of Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch."

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Debian-Based Pardus 17.1 Linux Distro Released with Deepin Desktop Media Support

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Released in early July 2017, Pardus 17 is based on the Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system and it's powered by the long-term supported Linux 4.9 kernel series. Now, the first point release, Pardus 17.1, is available to download bringing all the latest technologies from the Debian GNU/Linux 9.2 "Stretch" release.

On top of that, Pardus 17.1 makes various user-visible changes, such as to rename the Downloads folder to Downloaded, enhance the System Settings Menu, redesign the default printer test page, remove the password for the live "pardus" user, update the Symbol system theme, as well as to add a bunch of new desktop wallpapers.

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Debian. Ubuntu and Derivatives

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  • Reviving GHDL in Debian

    It has been a few years since Debian last had a working VHDL simulator in the archive. Its competitor Verilog has been covered by the iverilog and verilator simulator packages, but GHDL was the only option for VHDL in Debian and that has become broken, orphaned and was eventually removed. I have just submitted an ITP to make my work on it official.

    A lot has changed since the last Debian upload of GHDL. Upstream development is quite active and it has gained free reimplementations of the standard library definitions (the lack of which frustrated at least two attempts at adoption of the Debian package). It has gained additional backends, in addition to GCC it can now also use LLVM and its own custom mcode (x86 only) code generator. The mcode backend should provide faster compilation at the expense of lacking sophisticated optimization, hence it might be preferable over the other two for small projects.

  • Thorsten Alteholz: My Debian Activities in October 2017
  • debconf mailinglists moved to lists.debian.org

    Today I had the pleasure to move the debconf mailinglists to lists.debian.org.

  • Ubuntu Podcast: S10E35 – Berserk Miniature Need
  • LXTerminal 0.3.1 released

    This is an security and bugfix update. However, there is also minor feature added to enhance usability. It will be integrated into Lubuntu very soon.

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